“The Eastern Front: Terror and Torture in Ukraine”: San Francisco Premiere

Join author/journalist Zarina Zabrisky and author Alexandra Kostoulas of SF Creative Writing Institute for the San Francisco premiere of The Eastern Front: Terror and Torture in Ukraine.

A documentary war film directed by Byline TV filmmaker Caolan Robertson and featuring UK veteran war correspondent John Sweeney (Killer in the Kremlin), UK renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (A Private War, Under the Wire), and US author-turned-journalist Zarina Zabrisky (We, Monsters).

Join us for a harrowing journey to Ukraine’s heart of darkness. Frontline accounts. Unfiltered footage. No room for denial.

This documentary is “an exquisitely crafted, moving, strangely romantic indictment of Russian brutality.”

One screening only.

“Russian authorities are battling to keep clips of a new war film from getting widely shared across the social media platform RuTube, the country’s equivalent to Youtube… which gives compelling evidence for the use of illegal weapons and the torture of civilians in Ukraine, as well as documenting the devastation the war has wrought on a once peaceful country.—The London Economic, 5.27.2023

Don’t look away.

Get your tickets now.

Proceeds from the event will go toward water relief in the war-ravaged city of Siversk in Donbas, where 2,000 mostly elderly people remain, as revealed in the film.


June 19, 2023


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm




Great Star Theatre
636 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94133 United States


Zarina Zabrisky

Zarina Zabrisky is an American journalist and an award-winning novelist currently reporting on the Russian war in Ukraine. She is a war correspondent for Bywire News (UK), writes a Daily Review column for Euromaidan Press, an online Ukrainian English-language independent newspaper since 2014, and contributes articles and podcasts on information warfare, reports from the sites and interviews with military experts and eyewitnesses for these and other publications, including The Byline Times (UK). Before she was a war correspondent she was an indie literary author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of three short story collections, a book of collaborative poetry and a novel "We, Monsters" (Numina Press).